First Folio up for bid
A rare complete copy of the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays is expected
to bring at least $6 million when Sotheby's auctions it this summer in
London. The 1623 volume, still in its 17th-century calf binding, is being
sold by Dr. Williams's Theological Library in London....
London Times, Mar. 31
deal with Showtime
Ken Burns and other prominent documentary filmmakers and historians are
blasting a deal between the Smithsonian Institution and the Showtime Networks
cable channels to create television programming, saying it could cut off
their access to the museum's collections and curators....
New York Times, Apr. 1
ranks library studies programs
and World Report has released its 2007 rankings of "America's Best
Graduate Schools." The guide to library and information studies programs
breaks out the ratings by such specialties as archives and preservation,
digital librarianship, and services for children and youth....
U.S. News and World Report
Sony e-book reader
When Sony's new e-book reader debuts this summer, it will be sold at 200
Borders bookstores. The Sony Reader, retailing for $299$399 will
also be available at 30 Sony Style stores....
CNet online news, Apr. 4
dips at presidential libraries
A sharp decline in attendance at most presidential libraries and museums
has prompted the National Archives and Records Administration to launch
a multiyear market research project to raise the facilities' profiles
and find out what attracts visitors....
Dallas Morning News, Mar.
librarian dispels stereotypes
on public radio
University of WisconsinMilwaukee electronic resources Librarian
John Hubbard appeared on April 4 public radio station WUWM to discuss
librarian stereotypes. (The piece is about 33 minutes into the audiofile
of the At 10 program.)
n Roll Library
Library graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh
produced a video for National Library Week showing how a geeky guy is
transformed by the librarys resources into a rock star....
D.E.A.RIt's time to read
April 12 has been designated National D.E.A.R.Drop Everything And
Read Daya special reading celebration to remind and encourage families
to make reading together on a daily basis a priority....
Forms RFID Committee
The National Information Standards Organization has formed a committee
to create guidelines for best practices for the use of radio frequency
identification (RFID) in library applications. The diverse group, which
will include RFID hardware manufacturers, software providers, librarians,
book jobbers, and processors, will be chaired by VTLS CEO Vinod Chachra....
NISO, Mar. 21
gets new members (PDF file)
The U.S. Government Printing Office has announced a new chair and five
new members of the Depository Library Council. Current member Bill Sudduth
will now head the group, and Richard Akeroyd, Timothy Byrne, Denise Davis,
Denise Stephens, and Katrina Stierholz will join....
GPO, Apr. 3
A spunky documentarian leads a fight to save fair useand explains
copyright law in the processin Bound by Law, a comic book
from Duke Law School's Center for the Study of the Public Domain. A free
digital version of the comic, published under a Creative Commons license,
is available on the school's website....
The latest bimonthly report on research library issues and actions from
the Association of Research Libraries, the Coalition of Networked Information,
and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition is a survey
of the e-journal preservation landscape by Anne R. Kenney, associate university
librarian at Cornell University....
libraries are key players in community internet access
Public libraries' crucial role in providing equitable internet access
down under is confirmed by a recent national survey conducted by the Australian
Library and Information Association....
Australian Library and Information Association, Mar. 31
jump into the pool
Librarians who have designed do-it-yourself Read posters have posted their
efforts on a Read Posters Pool on the photo-sharing website Flickr....
Posters group photo pool